Health

Ireland protests abortion ban on International Women's Day

Traffic ground to a halt in parts of Dublin Wednesday as women and abortion rights activists sang along to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" during a raucous dance party on O'Connell Bridge.

After sundown, a second, separate demonstration -- also in protest of abortion rights -- commenced with Irish police estimating 10,000 to 12,000 people on the capital's streets.

A natural alterative to common medicine

Making it convenient for us only adds more dangers to our health, says Geradine Moeder, a Doterra wellness advocate.

Moeder was in town over the weekend to create awareness on healthier options like essential oils.

Along with the Doterra wellness community in PNG, the group informs people on the option of using essential oils for a healthy home

Firstly, what are essential oils?

Buying medications online 'can put health at risk'

The watchdog inspected 11 internet prescription services in England, finding some "potentially presenting a significant risk to patients".

The regulator said while some providers were well-run, others "cut corners".

The CQC says it will visit providers and shut any putting patients at risk.

It follows a BBC Radio 5 Live investigation into online pharmacies selling antibiotics.

Day care emphasises on children’s welfare

“This is important to their development – physically, emotionally and intellectually,” she stressed.

This concept is emphasised at her day care which she has been running for the last three years.

Just Like Home – ANEZ’s Childcare services stands as a family advocate.

“We discourage baby-sitters in a family unit as this is not healthy for the child. A child will not learn much this way. They need love and affection from their parents,” Polum said.

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania -- the "Chocolate Capital of the World" -- doesn't help either of us.

But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave up sweets for Lent. I can't say that I'm following in his footsteps this year, but if you are abstaining from sweets for Lent this year, here's what you can expect over the next 40 days.

Sugar: natural reward, unnatural fix

Superbugs: WHO says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 bacteria families

The United National health agency said many of the bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics.

The bugs "have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment" the WHO said, and can also pass on genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant.

Governments need to invest in research and development if new drugs are to be found in time, because market forces cannot be relied upon to boost the funds needed to fight the bugs, it said.

Eat more fruit and veg for a longer life, researchers say

The study, by Imperial College London, says consuming 10 portions per day, or about 800g, could prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends eating 5 portions, or 400g, of fruit and vegetables every day.

In recent years, campaigns in countries across the world including the UK, Germany, France, Norway and Japan have been launched in a bid to encourage people to meet this target.

Thai Massage with Trends Beauty Spa

The latest in town is the Thai Massage, introduced by Trends Beauty International through its Spa Pua arm.

Despite how aggressive it may look to a first timer, this two hours or more session has many benefits for individuals.

It’s a chain healing.

It uses the gentle pressure on energy lines and the yoga-like stretching to relax the whole body on a deeper level.

This deeper level of relaxation improves the individuals’ personal outlook, and their emotional status.

Can supplements or diet help keep your hair and nails healthy?

Answer: There isn't good evidence that changing your diet or taking supplements helps unless your hair and nail problems are caused by nutritional deficiencies. If the cause is simply getting older, as is more likely, eating particular foods or taking supplements aren't the answer.

The passing years affect your body in many ways. Your hair and nails are no different.

Your nails tend to become ridged or brittle.

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and heart disease.

The analysis showed even small amounts had a health boon, but more is even better.

A portion counts as 80g (3oz) of fruit or veg - the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas.

The conclusions were made by pooling data on 95 separate studies, involving two million people's eating habits.